28 posts tagged "Joan Smalls"
Joan Smalls and Saskia de Brauw might be a little too tall for gymnastics, but Karl Lagerfeld decided to give them a shot anyways for his Spring ’12 Chanel campaign. To Smalls’ and de Brauw’s credit, they’re looking in great form perched on those uneven bars, in their matching white Chanel pencil skirts and cropped blazers. Here, an image of the Carine Roitfeld-styled campaign, which was photographed at the picturesque Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France. We give it a 9.2.
“To walk the Victoria’s Secret show is obviously every American girl’s dream. I feel pretty lucky to have crossed that one off my bucket list at such a young age,” 19-year-old Karlie Kloss (above) said yesterday after her Angel debut, at the VS after-party at the Dream Downtown. “I got to dance with Adam Levine and Kanye, and wear a pair of wings. Onstage, I felt on top of the world, it was wild.” She wasn’t the only catwalk veteran to make her VS debut last night. Joining her—both on the catwalk and at the party—were Karmen Pedaru, Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Sui He, and Joan Smalls. Naturally, all the established Angels made winged appearances, too. Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel, and Anne Vyalitsina have all been around the VS block many times before. But according to Anne V. (who high-fived her boyfriend, Adam Levine, during his Maroon 5 set during the show), the spectacular ups the ante annually—and demands that the girls do the same. “This year was particularly competitive…like getting our bodies ready and really getting into the workouts,” she told Style.com. Those long hours in the gym paid off. “Everybody looked over-the-top amazing,” she gushed.
PLUS: For more from the Victoria’s Secret show, check out Tommy Ton’s backstage shots here.
If there’s one thing a top model knows, it’s how to work it in front of the camera—and so for its guerrilla ad campaigns, Rag & Bone has made a specialty of handing the girls the reins and getting out of the way. For the first round of the D.I.Y. Project, as Rag & Bone’s David Neville and Marcus Wainwright called the project, the designers had Lily Aldridge, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Sasha Pivovarova, and Edita Vilkeviciute snap themselves wherever the mood struck—on the beach, in the shower, over tequila shots. “The first time around we didn’t really know what we were going to get, but we ended up with truly compelling photographs from each girl; all very raw, beautiful, and at the same time quite distinct from one another,” Neville said. “The essence of the project is really flipping the traditional photo shoot on its head. We have turned the creative control over to the models and allowed them the freedom to capture themselves as they see fit. That is the glory of the whole thing; we get to see a very specific point of view, exactly how they wanted to be reflected in the images.”
The next round, debuting September 6, brings a new group of models into the fold. Miranda Kerr, Karolina Kurkova, Carolyn Murphy, Arizona Muse, Joan Smalls, and Candice Swanepoel are in front of the lens for the Rag & Bone/JEAN collection. Fellow supe Helena Christensen shot Kurkova (above) for the project in the fishing village of Ischia, Italy, where the two were for the Ischia Film and Music Festival. “It was a magical time,” Kurkova told Style.com. “We watched films on an outdoor movie screen just off the sea at night and during the day went sailing, kayaking, swimming in the ocean with my family. It was a perfect place to shoot as it’s a fishing village with lots of charm, character, beautiful views, and salt-of-the-earth people.”
David Yurman has swapped the sands of St. Bart’s (not to mention former campaign star Kate Moss) for city streets. The brand’s newest faces, Joan Smalls and Arizona Muse (left), recently shot the fall ad campaign in Chinatown alongside an unlikely set of fellow models: fish. “We shot in a fish market, with all these fish flopping around, so it was really juxtaposed to the diamonds that I was wearing,” Muse said. [Modelinia]
Bare before birth. That’s Lizzy Jagger’s motto and reasoning for posing (almost) naked for the cover of Playboy‘s June issue. “I’m thinking I should do naked pictures before I have children,” the 27-year-old said. No word on whether model sister Georgia May has similar designs on a Playboy cover. [Vogue U.K.]
See you in July, Giambattista. France’s Chambre Syndicale has elected that two new names be added to the Couture calendar: Giambattista Valli and Dutch-based Iris Van Herpen. Valli will show a Couture collection in July; Van Herpen either then or in the following round of Couture shows next January. [WWD]
Most downtown scenesters know her as the face of the dearly departed 1992 party, which helped revive nineties style, but scenester (and former Pharrell flame) Vashtie Kola is more than that. As the NYT reports, she not only became the first woman to design a pair of Air Jordans, and won the respect of Q-Tip, she even (gasp!) directed a Justin Bieber music video. [NYT]